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Scholarly Communication: OER

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution."  --UNESCO


OER Search Tool

OER search

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 57 different sources and contains 159,459 records.

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OER Collections


College Open Textbooks provides an extensive listing of open-licensed textbooks on the web.


Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.


Merlot consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.


OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources.


OER Guidelines


UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have developed Guidelines that outline key issues and make suggestions for integrating OER into higher education.


  A UNESCOCOL companion document, A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) (2011; 2015), provides more detailed information about all aspects of OER.

Connect OER


Connect OER: Skidmore College